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Losing games teams should win




And national championships.

Most teams have losses that don't look good at the time, and make you wonder how it happened. So I was curious about previous title winners, and how they fared. As for last season, I looked at projected 1 and 2 seeds, as that's who tends to win the vast majority of national titles. I'll throw in runner ups also, because they had a chance, as they were playing for it all

2020 - A strange year with all the mid-majors up in the top seeds. The only stand out in reality, is Kansas with no head scratcher losses, as Gonzaga had the WCC, and a few solid Non-con games

Baylor - TCU 16-15 Washington 15-17

Kansas - No bad losses

Gonzaga - No bad losses, but also the WCC isn't a powerhouse either

Dayton - "worst" loss to 20-11 Colorado

Creighton - Georgetown 15-17 St. Johns 17-15

Kentucky - Evansville 9-23. This is amazing. Almost as amazing as them being 1-6 so far this season. Utah 16-15 Tennessee 17-14 South Carolina 16-15

San Diego St - UNLV 17-15

Florida St - Pittsburgh 16- 17 Clemson 16-15

2019 Virginia - No bad losses. Only lost to Duke twice, and Florida State

Texas Tech - West Virginia 15-21

2018 Villanova - DePaul 11-20 Providence and Marquette were both 21-14, Marquette missed the tournament

Michigan - Northwestern 15-17 LSU 18-15

2017 - North Carolina - Georgia Tech 21-16 Miami 21-12. UNC also a 1 seed with 7 losses in a deep ACC

Gonzaga - BYU 22-12

2016 Villanova - Providence 24-11 9 seed in the tourney.

North Carolina - Northern Iowa 23-13

2015 Duke - NC State 22-14 Miami 25-13 who didn't make the tourney

Wisconsin - Rutgers 10-22

2014 - Kentucky and UConn, 8 and 7 seed, so they both had some losses against lesser teams

2013 - Louisville - Villanova 20-14

Michigan - Penn St 10-23

2012 - Kentucky - no bad losses

Kansas - Davidson (13 seed in tourney as auto qualifier)

2011 - UConn - Marquette 22-15

Butler - 8 seed

2010 - Duke - Wisconsin (Ok, not the worst of losses, but still had to mention. Won the ACC/B1G with this win) NC State 20-16

Butler - 5 seed

2009 - North Carolina - Boston College 22-12 Maryland 21-14

Michigan State (has it really been that long since they played in a title game? Damn) Maryland 21-14 Northwestern 17-14

2008 - Kansas - Oklahoma St. 17-16

Memphis - No bad losses, also, Conference USA wasn't that strong. Also, Calipari is a dirt bag.

2007 - Florida - Florida St. 22-13 LSU 17-15

Ohio St - no bad losses this season

2006 - Florida - South Carolina x2 23-15 (6-10 conference, weak non con) Alabama 18-13

UCLA (Remember when they were good?) USC 17-13 Cal 20-11

2005 - North Carolina (That elite 8 game against Wisconsin was epic) Santa Clara 15-16

Illinois - Ohio St 20-12

2004 - UConn - Notre Dame 19-13

Georgia Tech (They were good?) Georgia 16-14 Florida St 19-14 Virginia 18-13

2003 - Syracuse - Rutgers 12-16

Kansas - UNC 19-16 Colorado 20-12

2002 - Maryland - NC State 23-11

Indiana - 5 seed

2001 - Duke - No questionable losses

Arizona - Purdue 17-15 Mississippi St 18-13 Oregon 14-14

2000 - Michigan St - Wright St 11-17

florida - Vanderbilt 19-11 DePaul 21-12

This seems like a good place to stop. That said, looking back, of title game participants, only 5 teams went without any borderline losses, many of them multiple. Were the Marquette and Maryland losses ideal? No. But the season has a ways to go yet. Marquette also beat Creighton, while Maryland has lost to 3 solid/good teams. So they may not look as bad later in the season. Marquette needs to get their act together, and Maryland could end up middle to middle top of the conference this season, who knows.

Regardless, these aren't alarming losses, and as you can see above, even the best teams lose games they shouldn't. They will be just fine, and they have the look of a team that will do some damage come March.

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